Restaurant Review: The Feathers, Rickmansworth

In anticipation of spending a bit of time in this neck of the woods on our boat next year, we wandered the canal for a couple of hours to check out the community. And of course, walks on cold fresh December days are very hungry work indeed.

The Feathers is located just off the high street in a pretty old building.A nice place on the inside, notwithstanding the poor layout (pillars and tables in the way of getting to the bar from the door, pet hate). Ale choice was good – four pumps including one from old favourite Castle Rock.

We took a seat at a fireplace with an unusual melted candle display. The food menu looked promising, it was hard to whittle down from all the options we liked the look of.

We settled on sharing the Butchers board, Welsh Rarebit mac ‘n’ cheese, and the bubble and squeak croquettes. The first featured pork knuckle, beautifully slow cooked and falling off the bone. Also included was a scotch egg made with black pudding – one of three speciality scotch eggs served as a bar snack. The platter also came with fried pickles (‘Frickles’) which were crispy without being greasy – delicious. The mac ‘n’ cheese was particularly great with the pork. The whole meal felt a little like a hearty and sophisticated British take on American classic.

Only low point was the slow bar service. It also looked like the glass washer was broken. One could almost imagine this chef being extracted and deposited into a far fancier place with far higher prices. Until that happens, I suggest you try this amazing and great value food.

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